Sit back and let us do the driving as we head from Cape Town to the Franschhoek Valley. After arrival at the tram station located outside Franschhoek, you will join the Orange or Purple wine tram routes. Each of these routes visit 8 wine estates for you to enjoy as you Hop Off and hop back on the next tram or tram bus. The tram and tram buses pass every 30 minutes. To allow for enough time at each wine estate, plan on visiting 4 or 5 estates during the day.
All wine estates offer lunch. A list of telephone numbers will be included on your booking confirmation, allowing you to call ahead and make a reservation at the estate of your choice.
You are welcome to purchase wine at any of the estates and leave your purchase with one of the tram drivers, who will ensure you are re-united with your purchase at the time of boarding the motor-coach back home! At 4:00 PM, head meet back at the motor coach for your transfer back to Cape Town.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year history.
Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in a vintage style railway tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour. The tour takes passengers through the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards. Breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine and fine wines: These are the hallmarks of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands. When the Huguenots first settled in this spectacular valley over 300 years ago they brought with them their traditions and knowledge in winemaking and viticulture from their native France and transformed the wilderness around them into one of the most beautiful valleys in the world. This proud heritage can be seen and felt today on the wine farms.
There are a variety of cellars, from small boutique wineries that cater for those in search of something unique, to large cellars that offer organised tours and conducted tastings. Award-winning wines range from plump reds to elegant whites and delicious sparkling wines. This longstanding tradition of winemaking is a perfect complement to the excellent food that is served. The Franschhoek Valley is known as the Wine & Gourmet Capital of South Africa and has among its truly talented chefs several who have been awarded the highest national and international culinary honors.
Tickets are only valid for the stipulated day of booking and booking for this tour is essential.
Tuesday – Thursday – Saturday
Sunday (from 1 Nov'19 - 30 Apr'20)
For other days of the week please see: Winelands Tour
From 14 Dec '19 - 05 Jan'20: Daily departures
(no tour on 24, 25, 31 Dec & 01 Jan)
09h00 departure from the V&A Waterfront Tour office, located office outside the Two Oceans Aquarium
08h30 CBD Tour office, located at 81 Long Street
Also available: complimentary pick-up from many of our bus stops near all hotels
(further details and collection times during the booking process and on your confirmation, that you receive after check out)
Tour returns to V&A Waterfront (Stop 1) at approximately 17h15. Use the Red or Green Route buses to get back to your collection point.
We board the tram at the Groot Drakenstein station just outside Franschhoek. You will have the choice of the Purple or Orange tram lines
Allee Bleue, Boschendal, Solms Delta, Plaisir de Merle, Vrede & Lust, Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg
Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Vrede & Lust, Plaisir de Merle, Allee Bleue, Boschendal, Solms Delta
Transport from Cape Town to and from the tram in a luxury coach with free wifi
The Franschhoek Wine Tram ticket to travel on the Tram and the Tram bus
Taste a local wine on wine tram
Cost of lunch
Cost of wine tasting fees at the wine estates (Approx R 80pp)
Refundable cancellation up to 24h before departure. Please note an R10 admin fee per ticket cancelled is applicable.